What’s New With Hammerspace?

Overview

With its most recent version 4.6.5 software release Hammerspace added enhancements that introduced incremental improvements across all layers of its architecture. These include greater multi-protocol accessibility, performance improvements, added cross-platform data services and expanded multi-vendor storage compatibility.  

As a software-defined data orchestration and storage solution Hammerspace software touches many areas of the datacenter to enable customers global control and access to their data across different storage types, locations, and clouds. These are represented as functional layers of the Hammerspace system: 

Universal Data Access Layer This is the multi-protocol front-end of the system, through which users and applications can access data and storage resources globally via multiple protocols, as though they were locally attached to a single NAS.  Below are enhancements that were recently released to this capability: 

    • Snowflake Integration: Hammerspace now provides Snowflake with direct access to unstructured data across disparate storage systems across clouds and data centers. Snowflake can, subsequently, process and analyze unstructured data in a similar fashion as structured data with direct integration to Hammerspace. 
    • Shot-Grid Integration: Users of Autodesk’s ShotGrid project management software can now directly control Hammerspace data movement policies directly from their existing application. This enables customers to take advantage of Hammerspace’s ability to dynamically route render or other jobs to across different cloud regions or providers from within their existing ShotGrid toolset.  
    • In the current release, Hammerspace has added support for RFC 2307 and 2307bis mappings, which simplifies global management of Active Directory user authentication for both SMB and NFS identities simultaneously in multi-protocol environments. 
    • And to improve system resilience Hammerspace has added enhanced diagnostic health checks that enable administrators to proactively identify and correct any potential synchronization issues with Active Directory or Network Time Protocol configurations.   
    • These build on recent enhancements to Access-Based Enumeration capabilities, which ensures that users are only able to access files they have permissions for.  

Parallel Global File System – This metadata control plane is the core of the Hammerspace Global Data Environment, enabling consistent online “local” access to data that may be stored across distributed storage types and locations.  

    • In this release Hammerspace introduced system-level enhancements to improve metadata synchronization and data replication across sites in multi-site Hammerspace deployments.  
    • These enhancements set the stage for Hammerspace to increase the number of concurrent sites beyond the existing maximum of eight sites that are in production in existing customer deployments. This multi-site, multi-cloud capability is unique to Hammerspace, and provides users everywhere with high-volume read-write ‘local’ access to infrastructure distributed around the world. 

Cross-platform Data Services Hammerspace enables IT administrators to have global control of data services across otherwise incompatible storage silos, locations, and clouds. This reduces the need for vendor-specific point solutions and reduces IT administrative overhead.   

    • Capacity planning tools were introduced as a preview feature in this release. This is a powerful capability that enables customers to simulate data migration to cloud before actually moving the data. This uses Hammerspace data efficiency features such as dedupe and compression, so customers can better plan and anticipate cloud provider costs based upon real-world data movement calculations before committing.  
    • Antivirus scanning through ICAP (Internet Content Adaptation Protocol) has been added to this release as a preview feature. Thus far, McAfee and ClamAV have been tested (preview only). Additional AV vendors will be tested and added on a case-by-case basis. 
    • This capability adds to other data protection services that are included in Hammerspace, such as WORM, enhanced File Versioning, Undelete, and rich management of Snapshots and Clones across. 

File-Granular Data Orchestration Hammerspace’s powerful cross-platform data orchestration is the engine that enables the back-end data movement at scale to meet objective-based data policies defined within the platform.  

    • In the current release enhanced telemetry has been added to provide direct feedback on data movement between silos, between clouds, and between remote locations. It is now easier than ever before to observe where data is stored across a distributed infrastructure, and to get immediate feedback on policy-based file actions, both for successful and/or possibly unsuccessful data movement between storage volumes. 
Multi-vendor Storage Support  Hammerspace is known for its cross-platform compatibility with virtually any storage type, including block, file, object and most all public cloud providers. This includes Isilon, NetApp 7 & 8, VNX, Unity, as well as any file store that supports SMB or NFS. 
 
Hammerspace also supports cloud providers such as AWS, Azure, and GCP, Wasabi, Snowflake and others based upon standard S3 protocols. Object storage solutions based upon S3 are also supported, such as ScalityActiveScale, ICOS, ECS and others are also fully supported. That list is continually expanding.  
    • On May 6 Hammerspace announced a technology collaboration with Seagate®  to bring automated data orchestration and unified data access across Seagate’s Lyve™ Cloud and Exos CORVAULT. The collaboration enables customers to combine the benefits of leveraging Seagate’s S3-compatible public cloud storage-as-a-service platform with the ability to bring together all their edge, distributed datacenter, and cloud data into a consolidated, consumable resource within a Global Data Environment. View Release
    • With this 4.6.5 release, Qumulo is also now fully supported as a backend storage system. Customers can add entire Qumulo clusters or individual shares and exports or subdirectories to a Hammerspace Global Data Environment.

Hammerspace Frontend System

    • RDMA Support: RDMA support for NFS version 4.2 clients is available as a technology preview feature. In Version 4.6.5, support has been added to configure RDMA access for DSX and third-party volumes through the CLI. RDMA is a direct memory access between computers without involving the operating system. This, consequently, reduces latency and optimizes performance.